P&G Family Movie Night: Game Time – Tackling the Past

Game Time Movie

My family recently had the chance to watch a early screening of Game Time: Tackling The Past and if you want to check it out you can watch it tomorrow, Saturday, September 3rd at 8 pm ET on NBC.  Congratulations again to our reader Kelly who won a early viewing of the movie from our Game Time: Tackling the Past 24 Hour Giveaway!


This Family Movie Night featured some familiar faces!  Ryan McPartlin from the TV series Chuck {it took me half the movie to remember where I knew him from}, Beau Bridges from The Fabulous Baker Boys, Catherine Hicks who played the beloved Mrs. Camden on the hit TV show Seventh Heaven, Josh Braaten from Semi-Pro,  Lisa Varga from Deadly Closure, Katie Carr from Heroes, and Maxwell Perry Cotton from Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  This star-studded cast brought a new oomph to the Family Movie Nights.

Here’s a little bit about the movie:

Pro football star Jake Walker is just one season away from setting an all-time receiving record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. But when he gets news that his father has suffered a serious heart attack, Jake leaves training camp and returns to Riverton, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years.
Past memories of glory and regret resurface as Jake is forced to reconnect with the family and community he abandoned in pursuit of his career. A call from his agent delivers another crushing blow – Jake’s contract will not be renewed.

Stripped from the thing he cares about most, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life proves more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when he’s offered a lucrative new contract with another team, he must decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who have always been there for him.

As with all the Family Movie Night films I really enjoyed it!  The movie was clean which is personally a refreshing break from what is normally on television.  I love how the P&G/Walmart movies make it easy to talk about morals and personal struggles.  These movies can help create great family discussion.  The storyline kept my attention and the acting was terrific and wasn’t cheesy like a lot of TV movies.  Yea, you know the ones I’m talking about!  It was a pleasure to watch and one that I can happily recommend to you.  Speaking of being cheesy, here I go…it was a touchdown in my book!

With college football right around the corner this movie couldn’t have came out at a better time.  I am pumped more than ever for the first UGA game of the season (it’s Saturday if you’re interested).

Here’s the trailer for Game Time: Tackling the Past:

Check out the other great P&G Family Movie Night films that I’ve reviewed: Who is Simon Miller? and Field of Vision.

To find more information visit the official Family Movie Night website or the Facebook page.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. Well, my family missed this movie, but I’m very interested in checking out the family movie night website. This is the second time I’ve seen a blogger post about this “tool” for picking out family friendly movies. We have Friday night movie night in our house every week and it’s a tradition we’ve done for at least 3 years now. My oldest daughter really enjoys it and my little one is about to turn 3….at which point she’ll get to stay up later and participate in the fun.

    Visiting from voiceboks. 🙂

    Many blessings,

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